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Everything posted by Huffy2k

  1. 300Gal pot still

    Also, check out Jesse at Trident Stills. We love our 300 gallon Trident pot still.
  2. Inusrance

    Philadelphia insurance (phly.com) offers a good package for craft distillers.
  3. Shipping

    In PA we are permitted to ship directly to consumers in the state.
  4. Shipping

    Bluestar is absolutely correct. It took us several months to work through the red tape with Fedex but it all starts with your local client rep.
  5. Possible Mash Infection, Need Help

    Any mold issues with the corn?
  6. ACSA Convention

    Anyone here planning on attending the convention in Pittsburgh this year?
  7. White Whiskey

  8. White Whiskey

    Find some used barrels, age it for one day. It'll still be clear and you can legally call it whiskey (whiskey made from a bourbon mash).
  9. Barreling Question

    I would love to have the barrel budget to try aging at 92 proof, I'd definitely try that - less dilution when (if) you proof for bottling! Your final 30 gallons of unaged malt whiskey is 159.2 proof?
  10. ACSA Convention

    We usually try to attend both conferences. While there is overlap in the content between the two, each organization has it's own focus in my opinion. I'm much more interested in the breakout sessions than the vendor floor so the floor pass isn't really that meaningful to me but I can understand the appeal of that, especially to those in the planning for a new distillery or an upgrade to their existing operation. The opportunity to meet and talk to your peers in this industry is hard to put a price on and each conference I've attended has had at least one or two breakout sessions that are worth the price of admission.
  11. Invaluable equipment vs

    Good question, the biggest waste was probably our 80 gallon air compressor. We anticipated moving all of our mash with our pneumatic diaphragm pump and we did for about a month until we invested in a flexible impeller pump from US FIP (which turned out to me our most valuable piece of unplanned equipment). The FIP is so much quieter, easier to use, flexible, reversible and easily able to handle our grain-in mashes. We still use the compressor and pump to move high wines and finished spirits but we could have gotten by with a smaller, less expensive, compressor for that job.
  12. libdib anyone?

    Very interesting, also curious to hear thoughts from others...
  13. ACSA Convention

    Good feedback, hope they take note!
  14. ACSA Convention

    I've suggested to them to offer a vendor floor pass but it's difficult to segregate the floor pass holders from the full convention passes. Breakout sessions, breakfast, lunches etc included in the full convention pass so it would difficult to monitor attendance. $600 pretty much in line with other conventions no? Haven't heard of any off-site gatherings other than the Monday night tasting event which will be open to guests as well as attendees.
  15. ACSA Convention

    Butcher and the Rye is a must stop while in Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh has become a real food/drink mecca over the last few years, in downtown alone you can go to Proper Brick Oven, a real craft beer/spirits hot spot, the usual assortment of steak houses (Morton's, Ruth Chris, Red), Pork N Beans, Meat N Potato's, Tako, and more. Also, if anyone has a car and feels like making a 30 minute drive south, we'd be happy to show ya'll around our distillery.
  16. Small explosion at Wigle Whiskey

    Ugh, scary situation for sure. Hope all are ok!
  17. New tax reform

    As Joe Dehner said in another thread on this topic, just move all of your product out of your bonded facility into a non-bonded storage area at the end of 2019.
  18. Craft is Not a Commodity

    Maybe it's late, maybe those few drams I had after dinner leave me unable to process the written word adequately, or maybe I'm just a bit dense, but I'm having a little trouble figuring out your point here. If you're saying craft trumps brand and craft is here to stay, I'm 100% behind you although I do believe that independently owned craft distilleries also need to build strong brands and compelling stories to compete in the marketplace with commodity products.
  19. Best label company

    We love the team at Impact Print Solutions, Rochester NY. http://www.impactprintsolutions.com/
  20. Speedy Barcodes

    Guess that's it Hedgebird, we should probably just close up shop now. It's been fun, good luck to you in your next endeavour. Sarcasm aside, every startup is different with different levels of funding, different growth objectives, etc. To summarily dismiss those that choose a different option is silly without knowing a bit more about their business.
  21. Speedy Barcodes

    I used Nationwide Barcodes, they work great. We are not in any national chains or any other outlets that require official GS1 codes. If you're looking to cut costs, and most startup distilleries are not flush with cash, barcodes are a much better place than equipment/labels/etc to save a few bucks. If Sam's Club picks up your product, you'll have enough money to change your labels to official barcodes then. Just my humble opinion...
  22. Buying Ingredients from Local Farms

    Moisture content is also very important. The moisture content required for harvesting corn is not dry enough for long term storage - we have our farmer dry our corn so that it will not spoil during the summer months.
  23. Accolades for Others

    You're welcome to stop in and say hello next time you're back in the Burgh, we'd love to show you around!
  24. New DSP in Ohio

    Congrats John! My wife is from Marion OH so next time we are visiting family in the area we'll have to try to stop by!
  25. Collection Tank

    Open with locking lids!